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Juliet Mcmains
DANCE 515
Seattle Campus

Dance Research Methods

Survey of theoretical modes of inquiry in current dance scholarship. Offered: Sp.

Class description

This course will introduce students to a range of research methodologies currently used in dance scholarship. Because methodologies are informed by theoretical perspectives, we will to a certain extent invoke discussion of different theories out of which they developed. However, the focus of the course will be on the specific tools researcher use in dance research, the what and how of dance research if you will, rather than on the why of it.

Student learning goals

Ensure literacy in library and internet research skills

To introduce students to a range of methodological approaches used in dance research

To hone written and verbal skills in summarizing scholarly articles and evaluating methodology

To learn how to write a scholarly research proposal

To engage in critical debates in dance studies

General method of instruction

This course will be taught as a discussion-based seminar, with significant work outside of class expected.

Recommended preparation

While there are no prequisites for this course, graduate-level reading, writing, and thinking will be expected. A background in dance history, theory, or practice is an asset, but not required. A healthy curiosity about dance in its many expressions is essential.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will include: reading, writing, oral presentations, peer reviews, short research assignments, and development of a research proposal.

Grades will be based on class participation, oral presentation, short response papers and other assignments, and a fully developed research proposal.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Juliet Mcmains
Date: 01/18/2007